Today Show: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Actor Steve Martin and singer Edie Brickell came by the Today Show April 23 2013 to perform the song “Love Has Come For You” off of their new musical collaboration album of the same name. Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player and Edie Brickell is a wonderful vocalist. Martin said the two of them knew each other for over 20 years. He said that they met up a few years before and decided to write some songs together.
“And then we did this horrible thing you never do in Hollywood: we followed up on it,” Martin said.
Edie Brickell said that Steve Martin’s tunes have inspired her to write songs in ways she hasn’t before.
“She said it, not me,” Martin said.
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell: “Love Has Come For You” Performance
This was a surprisingly great and subdued performance. Steve Martin’s comedy has always struck me as a bit too whacky to ever be taken seriously (sometimes, even as a comedian). But I have to say, the guy can play the banjo. His deceptively lazy-sounding plucking of the banjo was actually pretty intricate and sounded very nice behind Edie Brickell’s vocals. And Edie Brickell was wonderful.
Edie Brickell has been around a long time, perhaps most famous for her 1988 album Shooting Rubberbands At the Stars, the debut album of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. But I was two in 1988 and hadn’t ever heard of her until this performance. She was great and was definitely the most remarkable thing about this performance. She sang with her hands clasped in front of her and stood calmly at the microphone while she sang. The song was a slow-burning southern ballad, but with her confidence and poise, it sounded effortless.
I’m not sure how this song will affect the rest of the world, given how soft and quiet and terribly un-current sounding the song is. But I know that for me, it sounded like a refreshing burst of cool wind on a hot southern summer day.